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Juveniles as Victims
Child Maltreatment
Q: Who are the perpetrators of child maltreatment?
A: The vast majority of perpetrators were parents (81%), including birth parents, adoptive parents, and stepparents.

Percent of perpetrators by relationship to victim, 2010

Perpetrator-victim relationship Percent

Parents 80.7 %
Other/unknown 9.8  
Other Relative 4.5  
Unmarried Partner of Parent 2.5  
More than one nonparental perpatrator 1.0  
Child Daycare Provider 0.5  
Foster Parent 0.3  
Friends/neighbor 0.3  
Legal Guardian 0.2  
Group Home Staff 0.2  
Other professionals 0.1  

Notes: This table is based on sample data from 49 states.

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  • Foster parents, group home staff, childcare providers, legal guardians, friends/neighbors, and other caregivers each made up less than 1% of all maltreatment perpetrators.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02111.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families. Child Maltreatment 2010. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2011.


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